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my extremely belated january 2016 budget

I know February’s more than halfway done and I’m just now getting to my January budget post. Y’all, it’s been crazy the past month. I started my new job (btw it is still crazy) which I love. Unfortunately mom has been ill and we just found out this week that her breast cancer is back. This has been quite the blow for my family, as my mom and I are very close.

Anyway, I don’t think you’d be surprised to hear that I just haven’t had the time or energy (or been in the mood) to blog. And I wasn’t even in the mood to take pictures of my purchases this month. This is a LAZY budget post.

But I just wanted to post my budget post to keep this habit going (one that I’ve kept up since 2013). Also, holy crap, I did a lot of thrifting last month:

Comptoir de cotonniers jacket 4.59
Yoana Barachi jacket 4.59
41hawthorn blouse 3.59
Banana Republic striped cardigan 4.59
Theory thermal top 3.59
French Connection green and white dress 4.59
Talbots lemon skirt 3.59
Timbuk2 bag 2.99
Boden shorts (2 pair) 4
Durham bulls tee 1.50
J crew button-down tunic 4
Brooks Brothers button down 2
Karen Kane maxi dress 3.50
Li’l Bub tee 2.25
Sympli dress 4.59
BCBG floral print dress 6
Oh my gauze top 3
Rough and Tumble small tote 5
St John skirt 3.79
Danskin bottoms 3.79
Llbean cropped sweatpants 2.79
Loft leggings 2.79
L.L.Bean denim blazer 4.59
J. Crew pink skirt 3.59
Michael Stars brown tee 3.59
Karen Kane black lace dress 4.59
St. John jacket $80 (consignment)
J. Crew factory pink cardigan $3.59
Kate spade polka dot wallet $13
Vionic Minna flats $70 – used $ from selling Frye boots
Madewell bag – used gift card at Clothes Mentor
Ted baker dress – used gift card at Clothes Mentor
Lands end dress – used gift card at Clothes Mentor
Lands end green cardigan $4.59
Karen Kane top 3.59
Kate Spade tank top 3.59
Eddie Bauer coat $13
Milly blouse $5
Socks $10 – used $ from selling boots
Express pineapple print portofino top $14 (Poshmark)
Adriano Goldschmied jeans $0 consignment credit
Longchamp wallet black $4
Longchamp wallet $4
Piazza Sempione dress $14
Caslon blazer $2
Mogo bracelet $2

Alright y’all don’t judge me…it was my birthday month

TOTAL: $263.84 … eeeeeeeeeeeeek

Y’all I went a bit overboard last month. But I got so many nice new work clothes so there, I’m justifying it!

november 2016 budget

November 2016 budget

Hi friends! I’m here to tell you all about the stuff I bought in November. And before you go thinking that I live under an enormous pile of clothes, purses, and shoes, I’d like to explain something. At least once every month or so, I go through my closet and donate or consign multiple items. This month I’ve already consigned 15 items and have another 15 more ready to go. So, here’s my explanation that I’m not yet at hoarder status (although I could use some decluttering).

Anyway, back to the list…


  1. Holly Aiken messenger $36, consignment
  2. Dooney & Bourke backpack $32, thrifted
  3. Dooney & Bourke weekender $65, thrifted


  1. LC Lauren Conrad Disney Snow White Lace Collar Top, $4 after Kohl’s Cash
  2. Jodifl tee $34, local boutique (top)
  3. Madewell skinny jeans $3.60, thrifted (bottom)
  4. Ann Taylor tank top $1.50, thrifted
  5. Pure + Good tank top $1.50, thrifted
  6. Athleta sweatshirt $3.60, thrifted
  7. Express Portofino shirt in very berry, on sale for $20 (top)
  8. J. Crew striped pink and grey skirt $3.60, thrifted (bottom) <– I’m not sure I’m going to keep this skirt. It’s really cute but pretty short, even for me. 
  9. LOFT navy linen cardigan $3.60, thrifted (top)
  10. Ralph Lauren navy cotton slacks $3.60, thrifted (bottom)


  1. Boden blue and white dress $4.60, thrifted
  2. Lands’ End polka dot blue wrap dress $1.50, thrifted
  3. Eileen Fisher navy blue jersey dress $4.60, thrifted

TOTAL = $222.70. Yeeeesh, that’s steep. The only thing that might help me out here is my consignment income. But I haven’t actually made anything yet.

How’d you do this month?

As always, linking up with Franish

october 2016 budget

Y’all, I went a little crazy with my makeup purchases this month. I know I should just stay away from Sephora. I went in the store to get ONE thing–new eyebrow stuff–and ended up spending $100.

Here’s what I got:

I also got some clothes and shoes (duh, I love this stuff).


  • Miz Mooz Michelle shoes $2
  • Ralph Lauren burgundy corduroy jacket $4
  • Gap plaid button down $3.59
  • J Crew blue skinnies $3.59
  • Michael Stars long sleeved top $3.59
  • Drew cut-out blouse $3.59


  • Express portofino shirt $21 clearance
  • North face venture jacket $75 REI on sale
  • NYDJ jeans $15 Nordstrom rack clearance

Total spent on makeup: $100
Total spent on clothes: $131.36

How did you to do this month?

As always, I’m linking up with Franish.

april 2016 budget

It’s May already (can you believe it!) and time to admit to my purchases for the month of April. As you may know from a previous blog, I bought a few things from ModCloth. Nothing thrifted this month, but a few cute things for sure.

April 2016 Budget

1) Going, going swan skirt, ModCloth
2) Purr-suit of happiness tee, ModCloth
3) NYDJ Seahorse print sleeveless blouse, ebay {same shirt w/different prints}
4) Frye Melissa Wallet, Nordstrom Rack {larger version}
5) Emily McDowell Dapper Cat enamel pin, local boutique {find it here}

Let’s talk money.
The ModCloth order (after coupon code and gift card) was $55
+ NYDJ blouse $10
+ Frye wallet $25
+ cat pin $10

TOTAL = exactly $100 🙂 Not too bad.

Which means I have $275 left for the quarter.

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans…how did YOU do this month?


As always, I’m linking up with Franish.

what I spent this month {february budget}

Hey friends, it’s that time again. Time to figure out where I spent my clothes budget. And zip! Another month GONE! I can’t believe how quickly time flies when you’re having fun when you’re super busy. As I said in a previous wishlist post, I really needed some blouses for work. I decided to forego the usual thrifting and actually get what I really need, plus a few extra things that I couldn’t resist.

I really love everything I bought this month and feel like even though I spent a good amount, I got a lot of really great basics that I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of, especially for work.

What I bought in February: LOFT dotty blouse, NYDJ lipstick blouse, NYDJ hearts blouse, LOFT skinny pants, Beija Flor Nicole Jeans, Vintage Coach bag

Here’s what I bought this month:

  1. LOFT Dotted Plaid Utility Blouse, $46 {find it here}
  2. NYDJ Lipstick Love Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, on sale at Amazon for $45 {find it here – no longer on sale}
  3. NYDJ Sea of Love  Print 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, on sale at Amazon for $45 {find it here – no longer on sale}
  4. LOFT Essential Skinny Ankle Pants in Julie Fit, $54 {find them here}
  5. Beija Flor Nicole Skinny (dark blue) jeans, used for $28 via eBay {find them here}
  6. Vintage Coach bag, hubby found at estate sale for $35

Not pictured:

  1. Adidas t-shirt, thrifted for $2
  2. Dana Buchman printed blouse, thrifted for $4
  3. Sejour hi-low top, thrifted for $4

Subtotal: $263.00
-$100 blog income
-$30 Amazon gift card {Thanks, Justine!}

TOTAL = $133 … not great but I did buy mostly NEW stuff this month, which is usually not the case for me.

I had $224 left for the quarter…which means I now have $91 left for March. I’m going to try really hard to stay in my budget but I can tell it’s going to be hard because I’m going to visit my mom in California in March and she loves to shop!

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans–what did you buy this month?


As always, I’m linking up with Franish